What is it and what is it for?
It is a small device, a dongle, with the appearance of a USB memory that actually has an HDMI connection through which it connects to the television to transmit the image and sound and a microUSB connection with which it is powered electrically.
Its main function is, far from containing a complete operating system; simply receive information from other devices. These devices can be of any manufacturer, no matter what operating system you work with and can be a smartphone, PC; phablet … the only requirement is that you can use the Google Chrome browser.
Let’s get in the situation, when do I really need Chromecast?
- With Chromecast you can play the streaming content you have on your portable devices or on your PC.
- Connect to Netflix, Youtube, Play Music, and Play Movies among other services.
- Teaching is a field where technologically great strides have been made in recent years and Chromecast could contribute its grain of sand facilitating the reproduction of contents. This would also apply to events and conventions.
- Screen mirroring, which will make you see on your TV the same as you are seeing on your Android device and from my point of view is perhaps the most interesting feature.
Final version of the available SDK
Today Google has released the final version of the SDK for developers to unleash their applications. This will make the functionality of Chromecast grow in a matter of a few months, and a multitude of applications that have been created for some time will offer support for Chromecast.
How to configure it
Just connect Chromecast to the HDMI port on your TV or monitor and connect the USB cable to the TV port or use any charger with microUSB connection. The system will be on and wait for synchronization.
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Next, we need to go to http://www.google.com/chromecast/setup and make sure the sending device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as Chromecast to set up data transmission, install the synchronization software, and the Add-on that is added to the browser.
- Processor: Marvell 88DE3005 (SoC, ie, processor, video processing, etc. all in one)
- Codecs: Integrated VP8 and H.264
- Memory RAM: 512 MB DDR3L
- Internal Storage: 2 GB
- Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz Wi-Fi (802.11 b / g / n) with AzureWave NH-387
- Connecting to TV: HDMI
- Connecting a Chromecast Micro-USB cable to a USB port on the TV
- By means of an external feeder
- Supported operating systems:
- Android 2.3+
- IOS 6 and higher
- Windows 7 and higher
- Mac OS X 10.7 and higher
- Chrome OS (coming soon on Chromebook Pixel and other Chromebooks)
Availability and price
The price of Chromecast is undoubtedly one of its strengths. As Google has accustomed us Chromecast has a fairly good quality price, and although it has not yet been launched internationally and has not reached Spain, in the United States it sells for 35 dollars, in my opinion, something quite affordable.
Google has already ensured that Chromecast will be sold in 2014 around the world and although we are likely to be adversely affected by the dollar exchange, a great price increase is not expected.
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